*“I love to make music and I am fortunate enough I get to do that for my career,” said Billboard Jazz Chart-Breaker Lindsey Webster about the inspiration behind her becoming a professional Jazz vocalist. Her latest project is on the Shanachie Entertainment imprint titled, “A Woman Like Me.”
The “A Woman Like Me” project features assistance from bass players Nathan East and Fred Doumbe (also both supply background vocals); drummer Vinnie Colaiuta; percussionist Luis Conte; guitarists Mike Demicco, Chris Harris and Tony Depaolo; saxophonist Ken Gioffre and pianist Keith Slattery – who also produced the album.
“We started recording right after the 2018 release,” she added. “I love writing; it’s a big outlet for me. We flew to Los Angeles to work with some new musicians. I still have four regulars, but I tried to get a different vibe.”
Lindsey’s unique way of combining R&B and Smooth Jazz garnered her two Billboard #1s and seven Billboard Top 10 Contemporary Jazz chart-toppers. She also made Billboard history by being the first female vocalist in this chart category to garner#1 since iconic Sade’. The projects’ current single is “Feels Like Forever.” “A Woman Like Me” offers 11 selections and is written by Lindsey and producer Slattery – except for the cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
“We had our single ‘Fool Me Once” stay for about four weeks…the only other on the Smooth Jazz Chart was Sade’s ‘Soldier of Love,’ which stayed on for three weeks,” Lindsey pointed out about her Billboard history-breaker.
Lindsey Webster was also honored with Billboard’s “Contemporary Jazz Artist of the Year” for two years.
“The whole experience was different,” she said when asked. “All the previous albums were recorded in New York, but we flew to Los Angeles and recorded where Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie recorded. It’s still us, our talent, but diffidently an enlightening experience.”
My favorite cuts on the “A Woman Like Me” Shanachie project include #5 “Perspective,” because I love the sax solo opening by Ken Gioffre and its R&B feel; #6 “Running Around,” because it has a nice Jazz flow and the lead guitar solo by Tony Depaolo is so sweet, and #7 “A Woman Like Me,” title track, because of the passionate vocals of Lindsey which has a soulful R&B flavor I love.” www.LindseyWebsterMusic.com www.Shanachie.com
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